Merlot di San Leonardo, Demonstrates Italy’s Excellence With This Grape

Merlot di San Leonardo

Merlot di San Leonardo
Wine: Merlot di San Leonardo

Region: Trentino

Oenologist: Carlo Ferrini

Grapes: 100% Merlot

Vineyards location: Adige valley

Extension: 20 ha

Orientation: south

Altitude: 750 ft

Vine training: Guyot and Pergola

Soil: well-drained gravel and soil

Total production (btls): 45,000

Vinification: Grapes are destemmed and soft-crushed, with minimal use of sulphur dioxide. The juice ferments and macerates on the skins for a long period of time, during which the cap is punched down daily. The must is cold-clarified by allowing the lees to settle.

Ageing: For 18 months in 60-hectolitre Slavonian oak barriques. In the bottle for at least four months before release onto the market.

This wine has a  brilliant ruby red, with attractive depth and decent length. The aromas are alcohol and fruit-rich when the wine is young, later mellowing with bottle age into ripe plum fruit layered over a faintly grassy background note. Dry, soft and well-balanced on the palate, it reveals a pleasing bitterish twist in the finish. Good aromatic length. A classic food wine with rice and pasta in tomato or meat sauces such as lasagna, and meat or cheese filled pasta, as well as grilled and stewed meats, poultry, white meats and soft cheeses.



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The Estate, founded in 1724, has a rich ancient past. The current owner, Marquis Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga is the descendent of a famous Italian aristocratic family. The Marquises know how to yoke their aristocratic polish to a genuine rural simplicity. They do it spontaneously, directly involving all the people with they work to at Tenuta San Leonardo.
As a result the vineyards, home only to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, become more and more beautiful and the grapes even more delicious. The property spans over 300 hectares. Twenty of them are planted to vine. The cellar equipment includes stainless steel fermentation tanks and small and medium size oak barrels for aging.


The Trentino stretches from its northern borders with the Alto Adige to Lake Garda and the Veneto in the south. It is Italy’s most mountainous region. The majority of the region’s vineyards follow the course of the river Adige, the second longest in the country. The climate is characterised by very cold winters, but is also influenced by the lakes and rivers which create temperate microclimates ideal for viticulture. The region has a total of around 11,000 hectares under vine, for the most part trained on the overhead pergola system, and an annual production of 850,000 hectolitres, approximately 500,000 hectolitres of which consist of red DOC wines. The regional School of Agriculture at San Michele all’Adige, which specialises in viticulture and oenology, provides invaluable support to winemaking in the areas of clonal selection, vineyard management and vinification and has had a major influence on up-grading the quality of the region’s wines.

The most important local grape varieties are the white Nosiola and the red Schiava, Teroldego and Marzemino. French and German varieties are also widely planted. The leading white wines are Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, the local Nosiola and Pinot Bianco. The top reds are Teroldego, which is unique to the Trentino, Pinot Nero and the Bordeaux varieties Merlot and Cabernet, which give particularly high quality results in the south of the region at Borghetto all’Adige. Another variety to note is Marzemino, which makes one of Italy’s most interesting country reds in the area around Isera. Vias has selected a portfolio of first class producers to represent the wines of the Trentino, and their products have contributed significantly to the consolidation of the company’s presence in the high class restaurant se

Description and History

Established in 1983 as an import company specializing in small, high-quality wineries, Vias Imports Ltd. has grown in most recent years to have broad-based distribution operations that place it among the most renowned Italian wine importers in the US market, boasting one of the most outstanding portfolios in the industry.
Its mission is to educate wine lovers about the wide range of grape varietals from Italy, inviting palates to appreciate the diversity of Italian wine through the enticing experience of food and wine pairing, and guiding them in the understanding of a heritage which is particular to the Italian peninsula.
Founding partner and Chairman,Fabrizio Pedrolli was General Secretary of the International Association of Sommeliers for many years. He continues to be a respected member of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture tasting commission, responsible for D.O.C. wines. He is recognized for his in-depth wine knowledge and fine palate, and has been instrumental in putting together a distinguished portfolio representing some of the finest, small wineries in Italy today.
Vias Imports, Ltd., has its headquarters in New York City. It distributes its wines directly in the States of New York and New Jersey, and nationally through a network of 61 distributors divided into seven regions:Northwest, West, Southwest, Midwest,Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast andFlorida-Caribbean
The management team is well equipped to develop strong sales growth over the next several years and the long term vision for Vias Imports, Ltd. remains committed to expanding its current image and position as an importer of exceptional products distributed to the best customers in the United States.

Luca Bigerna, a graduate of the University of Perugia, comes from a very strong international import and distribution background. After seven years with Cantoni Textile Group in Italy, USA and Hong Kong he joined Vias Imports Ltd. in 1996 as Vice President of Finance and Administration. In 2008 he was unanimously appointed President of the Company.
For the national Operations the National Manager Deena Miskiel runs a team of Managers and District Managers runs a team of nine regional managers and four District Managers, who are responsible for sales and development within their territory. Their high standard of professionalism and combined broad-based experience enhances the company’s ability to build distribution and offer quality service.
The company has its own wholesale operation in both New York under the supervision of Alex Pagano and New Jersey under Vincenzo Zagari.
This unique position of direct sales enables the company to nurture and establish strong relationships with some of the best accounts in one of the most important markets.
Thanks to an experienced marketing team Vias Imports Ltd. receives the necessary support to develop good communication with spokespersons in the editorial world, and to promote its image through a complex network of public relations.

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